How to watch the 2021 VMAs

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After a socially-distant show filmed from different locations in New York last year, the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards will air Sunday, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Photos: In pictures: MTV at 40 MTV first planted its flag in pop culture with its debut on August 1, 1981. Yes, those of us who grew up watching MTV for hours, waiting for our favorite videos to play, the MTV Generation is now solidly middle age. Here's a look back at some memorable moments from the network's (and our) youth. Hide Caption 2 of 26

Photos: In pictures: MTV at 40 Turns out video didn't really kill the radio star, but a song with that title by The Buggles was the first video ever played on MTV. Super clever. Hide Caption 3 of 26

Photos: In pictures: MTV at 40 They went from relative unknowns to the faces we all came to recognize. Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Marha Quinn and J.J. Jackson were the Fab Five we rushed to turn on the TV to watch. Hide Caption 4 of 26

Photos: In pictures: MTV at 40 The King of Pop Michael Jackson gave us one of the most cinematic music videos ever with 1983's "Thriller." It also helped break down racial barriers for MTV, which faced criticism for a lack of diversity among the artists featured on air in its early days. Hide Caption 5 of 26

Photos: In pictures: MTV at 40 Nothing says vintage MTV like a good '80s rock music video with big hair and big guitar solos. Few did it better than Van Halen -- and the late Eddie Van Halen on guitar was magic. Frontman David Lee Roth hangs out with MTV VJ Mark Goodman here in 1983. Hide Caption 6 of 26

Photos: In pictures: MTV at 40 The sweet video dreams of the Eurythmics from British pop duo Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart were captivating. Hide Caption 7 of 26

Photos: In pictures: MTV at 40 It's hard to believe Madonna was not yet a superstar when she appeared at her first VMAs in 1984. Her performance of "Like A Virgin," complete with a white gown and some rolling around on the stage, grabbed the world's attention and Madonna has held it since. Hide Caption 8 of 26

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Marianne Garvey, CNN
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